New York

The Big Apple

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Abbreviation: NY

Capital: Albany

Largest City: New York City

Area: 304.6 mi^2

Population: 19,378,102

Resident Name: Unknown

About New York

Nickname: The Empire State/ The Big Apple

Motto: Excelsior (Ever Upward)

Song: I Love New York

Bird: Eastern Bluebird

Flower: Rose

Tree: Sugar Maple

The Flag

The New York State flag dates back to the Revolutionary War times, while the current flag with the states shield centered was officially adopted in 1901. That centered shield sits on a dark blue field, and features Liberty on the left and Justice on the right.

Our History

In January, Albany became the capital of New York State.

New York outlawed slavery. At the forefront of the Underground Railroad movement, New York had more anti-slavery organizations than any other state and strong abolitionist leaders such as Harriet Tubman
, Frederick Douglass and John Brown. From the early 1800s until the end of the Civil War in 1865, thousands of people passed through New York as they traveled to freedom in Canada.

The State of New York supplied almost one-sixth of all Union forces during the Civil War, which began in 1861.

The Brooklyn Bridge
, a wonder of design and engineering, opened. P.T. Barnum led a parade of 21 elephants back and forth across the bridge, to demonstrate its sturdiness to skeptics.

The Statue of Liberty
, a gift from France to the United States in honor of the Centennial of the American Declaration of Independence, was dedicated on October 28 in New York Harbor.

The Empire State building
and the Chrysler Building were completed, and the George Washington Bridge opened, all adding to the New York City's burgeoning skyline.

9/11 Attack

On September 11, terrorist attacks destroyed the World Trade Center. Nearly 3,000 people were killed. The NY Stock Exchange closed for four days—its longest closure since 1933. Symbolizing our nation’s strength and resilience, it reopened on September 17, setting a record volume of 2.37 billion shares. Today, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum honors the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site; near Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and at the Pentagon; as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

Places to visit while in New York

Location and Physical Characteristics


Famous person from NY: Macaulay Carson Culkin

Education: Provided a vast number of public schools

Politics: It's up to the governor to lead the way on ethics in Albany after the convictions of the legislative leaders Sheldon Silver and now Dean Skelos. Political system is corrupt. To fix it, we need a full time legislature.

Social Issues: Health care, School board funds, and Population.


Livestock: $2.4 billion (dairy, cattle, hogs, poultry, etc)

Field Crops: $961 million (hay, soybeans, wheat, etc)

Veggies: $468 million (cabbage, sweet corn, onions, etc)

Fruit: $346 million (apples, grapes, strawberries, etc)

Land: 769 listings for ranches and farm land